Are you looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life while still having plenty of fun activities to choose from? Then look no further than Franklin, North Carolina! Nestled into a cozy corner in the Smoky Mountains are endless opportunities to explore its small town charm and breathtaking mountain views. From outdoor adventures like hiking and biking trails to fly fishing in pristine rivers, there’s something for every age and interest level. Whether it’s an unhurried walk through the local farmers market or a day spent browsing one-of-a-kind boutiques and antique shops filled with artisan goods, Franklin has something special to offer its visitors. Keep reading to find out all of the fantastic things you can do when visiting this charming town!

Golf in Franklin

With sweeping views of the gorgeous NC mountains and a family-friendly atmosphere, Franklin Golf Course has been an institution since 1923. No matter your level or skill set, you’ll enjoy our 9 holes with par 36 spread over 2,933 yards.
At The Golf Club at Mill Creek, you don’t just get a place to play golf – it’s an immersive experience among beautiful mountain views and wildlife. Nestled within the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounded by Nantahala National Forest, this premier destination in Western North Carolina is perfect for anyone looking for natural beauty along with warm hospitality.

The Factory

Looking for an unforgettable time? Head to the Factory! You can choose your own adventure from virtual reality and over 100 arcade games. Race around on bumper cars or compete in laser tag – if that’s not enough of a thrill, hit up our two-story go-kart track with top speeds galore! Plus they have a Jump Factory: a majorly awesome trampoline park fit for all ages. When it comes to experiences at The Factory… let’s just say there are plenty of surprises ready to be discovered. So why wait any longer? Grab yourself some Fun Card credit and get exploring!

Scottish Tartans Museum

Take a step back in time and explore the fascinating history of Scotland with an adventure to the Scottish Tartans Museum! Located uniquely in Franklin, NC, this one-of-a-kind museum provides visitors with an insight into how kilts evolved over many years. Guests can learn about the Scottish emigrant experience that brought them to North Carolina as well as their interactions with Cherokee people who resided on Appalachia’s hillsides at the same time. Did you know there are more people living in North Carolina today who have Celtic heritage than anywhere else? Incredible! Connect further by finding out what your surname means or pick up a kilt from our souvenir shop before departing…the perfect reminder of your journey through Scotland without leaving WNC’s wonderful mountainside scents & sounds behind!

Gem Mining

Franklin is known as the Gem Capital of the World. Gem mining has been a favorite activity for visitors to the Franklin area for years. Most mines sell gem dirt in a bucket or bag (few allow digging) and you may have to pay an admission fee for the day. You are provided with a screen for washing and there is a flume – a trough of running water – with a bench along its length. The dirt goes in the screen, the screen goes in the water and the mud is washed away. Well, it’s not quite that easy but it is completely safe and mine operators are on hand to help with technique and identification.

Visit Wayah Bald

Drive to the top of Wayah Bald and take a short hike from the summit parking area and you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular vista! Not only will you take in sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but on clear days your eyes can travel all the way to Tennessee’s Smokey Mountains or Georgia’s endless horizon. Making this panorama even more remarkable is its long history; it was built by dedicated members of the Civil Conservation Corps back in 1937 so that generations could continue to experience their breathtaking work firsthand. What are you waiting for? Let’s go check out those mountain tops!

Two Breweries

Raise your glass to a good time in Franklin! Check out the local breweries for some tasty brews: Lazy Hiker Brewing Co has classic ales, porters, and lagers plus something special – like their Margarita Gose or Pomegranate Gorge Berliner Weisse. Or stop into Currahee Brewing Co where they’ll be serving up an impressive range of craft beers perfect for sharing with friends. Cheers to fun times exploring Franklin’s vibrant beer scene!

The Little Tennessee River Greenway

If you’re looking for a fun, free activity in Franklin, NC then why not hit the great outdoors and explore The Little Tennessee River Greenway? Stretching over 5 miles of mostly paved paths with some gravel sections too, this trail will take your breath away! You can meander through wetlands, pastures and forests as well as spot plenty of native wildlife. Plus there are added perks like benches to stop an admire the views from; picnic shelters if you fancy bringing along lunch; fishing piers so bring your rod (and bait); exercise stations to get those muscles working…oh yeah – don’t forget about that gorgeous covered bridge either- what better place for a selfie?!

Where Shadows Walk Ghost Tour

Get ready for a spine-tingling night out! Signup with Where Shadows Walk Historic Ghost Tour and explore the chilling attractions of Franklin, NC. You’ll have plenty to choose from – Woodlawn Cemetery; haunted houses; mysterious Cherokee legends lurking in the mountains… The Travel Channel’s “Weird Travels” even featured this tour – so you know it’s worth it! Each two-hour adventure comes at an affordable price – just make sure to book your reservation ahead of time. Who knows what paranormal surprises are waiting around every corner?


Pickin’ On The Square

Get ready to feel the beat of Franklin’s famed Pickin’ on the Square, returning in 2022! Spend your Saturdays all summer long kickin’ it with local musicians playin’ tunes from every genre – rock n roll, bluegrass, country – you name it. Don’t forget to grab a seat and some grub at nearby vendors for a full outdoor concert experience (BYOLC!). With almost 30 years behind this legendary event series in downtown Franklin putting locals in front row to plenty of good music… there’s no better way to stay entertained each weekend from May till October when weather permits.

Hiking In The Smokies

Pack your bags, folks—we’re headed to the Great Outdoors! Franklin is a paradise for hikers who are looking for an exciting summer getaway. Whether you want something more leisurely or quite challenging with backpacks and tents, there’s sure to be just what you need within 45 minutes of downtown Franklin! has ranked nine trails nearby by difficulty level so day-trippers can easily find their next big adventure. But that’s not all–the country around here also offers up two signature paths: The Appalachian Trail (from Georgia to Maine!) as well as the Bartram Trail heading East-West with plenty of sights thrown in along the way. So don’t wait another minute…it’s time for some serious outdoor fun near Franklin this season!

As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do in Franklin, NC. Whether you’re looking for outdoor activities or want to explore the local arts scene, there’s something for everyone in this charming mountain town.

And if you’re thinking about making a move to the area, be sure to contact Brian Horner Custom Homes – we specialize in custom-built homes that are designed to fit your specific needs and wants. We’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure that your new home is everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today and let’s get started on building your perfect mountain retreat!

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